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We go backstage where Tyler Breeze runs into WWE RAW GM Brad Maddox. Breeze says he has a good idea. Breeze mentions he wants to be in the tag team turmoil match, but then, CJ Parker walks in. Parker wants to be a part of the tag team turmoil. Breeze & Parker begin arguing when Maddox shuts them up. He says they both don’t have tag partners, but he has an idea. Breeze & Parker will team up and they aren’t happy about this. Breeze & Parker walk off in disgust.
We see the usual intro, then go to the opening match.
#1 Contenders Tag Team Turmoil Match: Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady vs. The Legionaires (Scott Dawson & Alexander Rusev) w/Sylvester LeFort vs. Tyler Breeze & CJ Parker vs. The Ascension (Conor O’Brian & Rick Victor)
Enzo & Big Cass come out first. Cass says he & Enzo are un-de-feated and that’s exactly how we are walking outta here. Enzo says they are the hottest team in NXT. We are hotter than the peppers that Peter Piper picked. We got winning streaks in our dirty drawers. We are on a roll. We are like Cottonelle Tissue, cuz we’re on a roll. Cass says the rest of the NXT Tag Division is also like Cottonelle Tissue because they are S-A-W-F-T…….SAWFT!!! Enzo & Cass will first face Tyler Breeze & CJ Parker.
“Breeze is Gorgeous” chants by the crowd. Enzo & Parker start. Parker with a side headlock takeover. Enzo gets out with a headscissors, Parker lips out. Parker blocks a kick, spins Enzo in an Airplane Spin, followed by a facebuster. Shotgun Knees, but Parker gets distracted by Breeze wanting to tag in. Cass tags in.
Swinging Urnangi by Big Cass for the win.
Advancing in Tag Team Turmoil: Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady (Swinging Urnangi)
Sylvester LeFort comes out and introduces his Legionaires.
Dawson & Big Cass start. Cass blocks a kick, knee to the ribs and a back club. Dawson with a back elbow and a right hand. Rusev in, strike exchange. Rusev misses a clothesline, Big Cass with a big boot for a nearfall. Enzo in, but runs into a Samoan Drop by Rusev. Dawson in, gut shot to Enzo. Uppercut, a right hand and some stomps in the corner. Enzo placed across the middle rope and Dawson with another kick.
Spinebuster, but Enzo with a quick inside cradle for the win.
Advancing in Tag Team Turmoil: Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady (Inside Cradle)
Rusev attacks Enzo afterwards while Cass is knocked down by Dawson. Running shoulder to the ribs by Rusev. The Ascension’s music hits as they are the final team to enter tag team turmoil.
Back from commercial as Conor O’Brian and Big Cass start. Cass checks on Enzo, but runs into a shoulder tackle by O’Brian. Victor in, uppercut to Cass. O’Brian back in, right hand and stomps to Cass. Victor back in, gains a nearfall. Series of chops & uppercuts, but Victor runs into a back elbow. Victor comes back with a gut kick. O’Brian in, trifecta of running shoulder tackles. O’Brian tries another, but runs into a big boot for a 1 count. Enzo in, but runs into the flapjack by O’Brian. Cass sent to the outside. Victor in, Ascension with a double knockdown.
Total Elimination variation for the win.
Winners of Tag Team Turmoil and #1 Contenders: The Ascension by pinfall (Total Elimination variation)
The Ascension stand tall over the fallen Enzo afterwards.
THOUGHTS: Fun tag team turmoil. Good array of storytelling between the continuation of the Breeze/Parker and Enzo/Cass vs. Legionaires feuds, the underdog story of Enzo & Big Cass facing all of the other teams and the Ascension at the end showcasing their dominace. Solid work in the match itself, but it was really good to see a lot of different things being able to be showcased in what was only a 10 minute match.
Bayley vs. Sasha Banks w/Summer Rae
Renee Young joins commentary for this match. Sasha comes out to new hip-hop music. Loud chants for Bayley as the bell sounds. Sasha tells the crowd to shut up. Bayley backs Sasha into the corner, breaks clean with a shove. Sasha then unloads with a flurry of slaps. Bayley with a drop toe hold, gains a 1 count. La Magistral for a nearfall. Bayley works over Sasha’s arm. Sasha catches Bayley off the middle rope and drops her down face-first into the mat for a nearfall. Bayley sent off the turnbuckles. Snapmare, chinlock with a body scissors applied. Crowd wills on Bayley. Bayley bridges back and pins Sasha for a nearfall. Sasha with a suplex for a nearfall. Bayley fights back and hits a series of forearms. Corner clothesline, followed by 2 double sledges. Sasha with a big overhand chop. Knucklelock, followed by Sasha running up the ropes and hitting an armdrag. Bayley avoids a Sasha corner charge, hits the Hug-Plex for a close nearfall. Sasha runs into a back elbow, but hot-shots Bayley across the top rope.
Strait-jacket neckbreaker by Sasha for the win.
Winner: Sasha Banks by pinfall (Strait-jacket Neckbreaker)
Summer celebrates the win with Sasha and breaks Bayley’s headband. Summer takes the mic and says she has a huge announcement. Loud “NO” chants by the crowd. Next week, my “baby-boopsie”, my one and only love, Fan-Dan-Gooooooo, will be here with me and we will make this our own personal dance floor and run it like I always do as the first lady of NXT. Now that I have my girl, the Boss, Sasha, we’re gonna run all over this and be the fiercest females NXT has ever seen. She said “Goodbye, Paige” and I put Emma down. What are you guys gonna do now, huh? Nothing.
All of a sudden, the music of Emma hits and she runs out, sending Summer & Sasha fleeing to the back.
THOUGHTS: Decent little Divas match. Bayley has greatly improved and Sasha looks a million times more comfortable in the ring as a heel. Also love Bayley using her wanting to hug people as part of her offense. Summer’s promo after was fine, but not as good as previous promos. Came across too whiny for my taste, although I popped HUGE for her calling Fandango “Baby-boopsie”.
Back from commercial as Aiden English comes out, wanting his spotlight. English sings that as he is walking across the stage, waling to the ring and all the while you get to sit and hear me sing. Get ready for the show, get ready for the fight, the perfect addition to the perfect fight. Everybody loves the artiste, everybody’s favorite star. And if you don’t agree, its OK cuz you see, I’m here to put the E in the W-W..EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!! “Bravo” chants by the crowd.
Aiden English vs. Bull Dempsey
English with a side headlock, followed by a shoulder tackle. Side headlock re-applied, followed by another shoulder tackle. English goes back to the side headlock. English misses a clothesline and runs into a shoulder tackle. English comes back with a gut kick and a boot. English talks trash and unloads with right hands from the mount. English blows a kiss and hits the leaping leg drop.
English makes Dempsey take a bow for the win.
Winner: Aiden English by pinfall (Take a Bow)
Crowd chants for an encore. English gets the mic and says he has decided to give the crowd an encore. English sings again that if you don’t like me, its OK cuz you see, I’m still here to put E right back in the W-W…………….EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! English bows and leaves.
THOUGHTS: Another fine showcase for English. 2 weeks in and I am loving this gimmick of his. So dumb, but so great at the same time.
Backstage, Renee Young interviews Summer Rae. Summer says that if Emma thinks I’m just gonna lay down and be embarrassed like that, she has another thing coming. This will be on my terms. Here’s your challenge, Emma. Next week, my “baby boopsie” is gonna be here with me, so why don’t you pick any partner that is willing to team with you and face us. And clearly after we win and I smash your horrid face into the mat, we’re gonna dance the night away. And the fans are gonna go home happy. Do you know why? Its rhetroical. They will go home happy because I am the first lady of NXT and clearly Emma is nothing of the sort.
THOUGHTS: Much better promo the second go-around for Summer. That’s the Summer we know and love.
El Local vs. Sami Zayn
“OLE” chants as the bell sounds. Zayn works over Local’s arm. Local reverses out, but Zayn regains control. Local with a side headlock and a shoulder tackle. Zayn then with his trifecta of arm drags. Zayn goes up & over, followed by a rana for a nearfall. Local fights back with a forearm and a STO into a backbreaker for a nearfall. Penalty kick by Local, then Local mocks the “OLE” chants. Suplex for a 1 count. Commentary mentions Zayn’s mother seeing her son wrestle for the first time at the WWE live event in Montreal. Grounded abdominal stretch by Local, Zayn fights out, but Local with a spinning back elbow. Local then runs into a dropkick by Zayn. Zayn with right hands and a back body drop.
OLE Kick in the corner by Zayn for the win.
Winner: Sami Zayn by pinfall (OLE Kick)
Zayn celebrates his win, but then the music of NXT Champion Bo Dallas hits and he makes his way onto the rampway. Bo congratulates Zayn on his win and that he is listening to his mentor in me. I have a couple of announcements for my “Bo-Lievers.” First off, I’m finally healed after being carelessly injured by Zayn at Axxess. Don’t worry, friend, I forgive you. Secondly, I’m ready to put my NXT Title on the line. Next week, I’m having the Bo Dallas Invitational. All Superstars are welcome, anyone who thinks they can beat the Champ. If you can pin me, in 3 weeks, you deserve & earn an NXT Title shot. Just remember, don’t stop “Bo-Liveing.”
Zayn interrupts Bo and says that he will do you a favor, I’ll be the first to sign up and we can do it right now. Bo says he knows Zayn is new here, but this business is all about respect. Part of that respect is not interrupting the Champ when he is talking. One day you might have your own following. One day you might have your own “Zayninacs”. You’re just not there yet. Which is why all Superstars are eligible for the Bo Dallas Invitational except for Sami Zayn. Zayn is fuming at that announcement.
THOUGHTS: Showcase match for Zayn, but another good promo segment for Dallas to set-up the invitational next week. Story now is Dallas is ducking Zayn’s challenge at the NXT Title by making sure he can’t get a title shot by excluding him from the invitational. Dallas has been very good with these delusional heel who thinks he is a role model promos over the last couple of months. Been very impressed by him, until he gets in the ring, then its a completely different story.
Backstage, Brad Maddox is taking a phone call, saying that Triple H will be here at any moment when someone walks in. Maddox shakes the guy’s hand and its shown to be the return of Kassius Ohno. Ohno says he has been gone a long time and I wanna know why. Maddox says the last he heard, the Wyatt Family beat you down and you have been on IR ever since. Ohno says he has been medically cleared. Maddox says Ohno is what we call a “D-Plus Player, C-minus at best.” Ohno says that how about this “D-plus player” interrupts all the matches and it’ll be a series of no contests. Maddox says he likes Ohno, that’s why “they” like to keep you on the sidelines, they think its funny. Ohno says I should do something fun and how about he drops Maddox right now. Maddox says he will give Ohno next week and he will give him revenge with one member of the Wyatt Family. That way its best for you and best of business. Ohno shakes Maddox’s hand, says it was a pleasure doing business and leaves.
THOUGHTS: Interesting segment with Ohno. First off, its good to see Ohno back and what appears to be in much better shape. However, I don’t know what to make of the verbiage. It actually seems like they may be playing off the rumors with Ohno that he was told to get in better shape and was pulled from NXT TV because of that. Nice to see WWE bring that sense of reality to their storylines and programming.
Back from commercial, WWE COO Triple H’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring. Crowd chants for Triple H. Triple H gets a mic and says welcome to NXT. This is your show. Everytime I come here, I’m always amazed. I’m amazed by the fans and the talent. Guys like Sami Zayn, Leo Kruger, Bo Dallas, Adrian Neville, Corey Graves. What it reminds me that if something were to happen to the main roster, I could replace them very easy and we wouldn’t miss a beat. “NXT” chants by the crowd. This is the future of the WWE. Triple H says he wanted to address a few issues involving the Rhodes Family. With Cody Rhodes, Goldust and something that affects NXT, the GM, Dusty Rhodes, Crowd chants for Dusty. Triple H says that Dusty Rhodes is a legend and because of the high tension situation, I have done what I feel is best for business and that is to give Dusty time off from his duties at NXT. I don’t want this emotional situation to cloud his judgment. “NO” chants by the crowd. Triple H introduces the new interim GM of NXT, someone who can handle what is the future of the WWE, John Bradshaw Layfield!
JBL’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring. Crowd chants for JBL. Triple H leaves as JBL takes the music. JBL says that as he hears the crowd chanting his name, I think as the longest WWE Champion in Smackdown history, I can say after visiting NXT that the future of this company has never looked brighter. When you talk about what’s good for business, JBL knows that replacing some big, fat guy who can barely speak the English language, with some painted-up son and a son with a mustache that he just shaved off and wore polka-dots with me is good for business. Welcome to the NXT era of the Wrestling God!
JBL leaves as we go to credits.
THOUGHTS: Good way to continue the McMahons vs. The Rhodes feud that’s been on WWE TV and transferred it to NXT by having Triple H remove Dusty as GM. With JBL now GM, Triple H has all his “stooges” in place in the GM positions to help him run roughshod over WWE in the coming months. Not a big fan of this umbrella storyline coming into NXT as I feel the 2 should be separate, but we will see what happens.
Definitely a news-worthy edition of NXT this week with new #1 Contenders, the return of Kassius Ohno and the announcements of the Bo Dallas Invitational and JBL as NXT GM. Nothing to write home about in-ring wise, but the stories were of far importance that it kept the show at a happy medium of in-ring action and promos. Well worth checking out this week.
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